THE THOMAS AND DOROTHY LEAVEY CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF LOS ANGELES RESEARCH COLLECTION
DOCUMENTS FOR THE HISTORY OF THE DANIEL FREEMAN FAMILY AND THE RANCHO CENTINELA (CSLA-33)
SERIES 3: RANCHO CENTINELA AND CENTINELA ADOBESeries Size: 1 archival document box; 10 folders; 6 oversize folders
Articles, research notes, photographs, and genealogical and biographical information on owners of the Rancho Centinela and the Centinela Adobe are the foundation of this series. The owners found in this series include the Machado and Avila families, Joseph Lancaster Brent, and Sir Robert Burnett. There is also a run of photocopies of transcriptions in English of Spanish language documents (expedientes) detailing the legal actions between the Avila and Machado families over the possession of the Rancho Aguaje de la Centinela in the 1830s and the 1840s. The documents include maps (diseños) of the ranchos and surrounding properties. The originals of the translations are found in the California State Archives.
Also found in this series are articles on the Centinela Adobe, the ranch house of the Centinela Adobe, as well as the photographs of both the exterior and the interior of the Centinela Adobe from the twentieth century. There are also the reminiscences of Martha Crawford about her life in the adobe from the 1920s until 1945.
“Avila�?: Transcriptions of marriage documents from San Gabriel Mission; Betty Forsyth index to work in Spanish archives; article: Donn Tatum, “General William S. Rosecrans and the Rancho Sausal Redondo,�? 51, no. 4 Southern California Quarterly (1969)
Betty Forsyth notes (photocopy) on talk by Walter Heller re Freeman family and the Adobe Centinela
Notes on design and history Centinela Adobe; chronology of Rancho Centinela; essay on origin of name Centinela; Martha Crawford reminiscences re Centinela Adobe (From Centinela Adobe folder: 1 of 3)
Photographs of Centinela Adobe (From Centinela Adobe folder: 2 of 3)
Newspaper and magazine articles re Centinela Adobe and restoration (From Centinela Adobe folder: 3 of 3)
Rough drafts of Betty Forsyth Chamber of Commerce speeches on Rancho Centinela and Adobe Centinela
Notes, photographs (photocopies), biographical information on Joseph Lancaster Brent, owner of Rancho Centinela. Separated from notebook
Typed copy (photocopy) of Joseph Lancaster Brent’s description of life in California. Copy from Huntington Library.
Betty Forsyth translations of Machado and Avila documents re Rancho Centinela; “California Historian�? article re José Manuel Machado (photocopy)
Photographs, genealogies, family history, correspondence re Sir Robert Burnett. Separated from notebook entitled “Burnett notebook Research�?
“Centinela Days�? programs
Expediente 394: Ignacio Machado petition and supporting documents, and government responses re dispute over Aguaje de la Centinela with José Avila. Transcriptions in cursive from register of English translations of original documents in Spanish. 2 copies (prints from microfilm negative?).
Expedientes 394 with only first two folios and with diseños.
Expediente 382: Documents and government responses re Machado/ Avila dispute over Aguaje de la Centinela. Transcriptions in cursive from register of English translations of original documents in Spanish. 2 copies (prints from microfilm negative?)
Expediente 82: Anastacio Avila’s petition for Tajanta. Transcriptions in cursive from register of English translations of original documents in Spanish. 2 copies (prints from microfilm negative?)
Expediente 337: Petition and supporting documents, and government responses re Machado/Avila dispute over the Aguaje de la Centinela. Transcriptions in cursive from register of English translations of original documents in Spanish. 2 copies prints from microfilm negative?)
Expediente 567: Antonio F. Coronel petition and government responses re “Rancho of Centinela.�? Transcriptions in cursive from register of English translations of original documents in Spanish. 2 copies (prints from microfilm negative?)
Diseños (maps) of ranchos LA Ballona, Sausal Redondo, and Tajanta. Part of documentation for expedientes 82, 337, 382, 394, 567. (photocopies of originals in California State Archives)
RESEARCH ACCESS: Use of this collection is on-site and by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call the Department of Archives and Special Collections at 310-338-5710 or 310-338-5357. The collection is open for research with no restrictions under the conditions of the access policy of the Department of Archives and Special Collection. The Research Collection is a program of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles.
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